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Which Greek gave English a word denoting "violently imposed uniformity"?




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Answer: Procrustes

Uniformity imposed violently is procrustean. Procrustes - a robber - liked to standardize his victims: if too tall, he chopped; if too short, he stretched. One of his ancestors invented the welfare state.

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